Alternatives to Food Rewards in the Classroom

“Schools are finding ways to meet and implement the CHPE standards. They are creating and promoting a healthy environment, offering healthy options throughout the school day and promoting common messaging that reiterates the objectives of the standards.”

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Food is commonly used to reward students for good behavior and academic performance. It’s an easy, inexpensive and powerful tool to bring about immediate short-term behavior change. Yet, using food as reward has many negative consequences that go far beyond the short-term benefits of good behavior or performance. In this guide, you’ll find examples of schools who have found alternate ways of rewarding good behavior and tips/tricks to implement them in your own classroom.

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